|Does air glow?
It does, but it is usually hard to see.
When conditions are right, however, a faint glow about 90 kilometers up can be observed, most easily with a wide-angle long-duration camera exposure.
airglow can also frequently be
seen looking down -- in pictures taken from Earth orbit -- as a faint arc hovering
above the surface.
Pictured above between the
beige clouds, above the curving Earth, behind the streaking airplane, and in front of the
sparkling stars are some
The glow is predominantly created by the
of atoms by ultraviolet light from the Sun, with the
bands resulting from density fluctuations caused by upward
The above image was taken in mid-July above
aurorae can also cause air to glow, but result from particle collisions and are more fleeting.
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